Latest posts by KT53


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 08:09

Thankfully now retired so no more annoying colleagues!  Most annoying for me though were the one's constantly checking their phones for messages and worse still, those constantly texting and being allowed to get away with it by their manager.

We actually had the situation at one leaving presentation where the manager actually said "Everybody knows about xxxxxxx and their constant texting.  I told them about it many times but it never made any difference".  What really got me was the fact that the manager seemed to find the whole thing funny.

removing hedge roots

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:35

My concern with trying to use a car engine hoist is that the roots will definitely be going under the fence, and hauling on the stump is likely to disturb the fence too.  If there is nothing growing on the other side of the fence it might be worth removing the panel and gravel board as you tackle each section.  That would avoid potential damage and give more working space.

removing hedge roots

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 09:28

If you can't get machinery in your only real option is hard graft.  In a similar situation I used a pick or mattock to dig around each section of root, and then an axe to cut down through to soil.  Then it's a case of rocking each section back and forward to expose more root ...  cut, rock and repeat until the root ball comes loose.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:14
Steve the Gardening Vet says:

Why is Charlie saying L-eye-lack for lilac and Gee-um for geum???

See original post

 Strong regional accent would be my guess.

Which lawn mower should I buy?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:21

I don't think many people these days would class a garden of 80' by 50' in old money as being a 'small garden'.  If that is the lawn area it's a substantial area to cut.  Strimming or mowing, leaving the cut grass on the lawn will encourage a build up of thatch and that is detrimental to the lawn.  Once it is fully under control you can leave the cuttings as long as you cut regularly.

As for the type of mower, how severe is the slope?  Even wheeled mowers will be OK on a slight slope.

Any mower can be used without a grass box.  With rotary mowers a flap generally comes down where the grass box would be to minimise the spray but you would probably get some.  My Honda mower has a rubber 'skirt' at the back to stop that happening.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:15

Just watched one this morning.  When the planting was being done, one of the boys was showing a rambling rose he was about to plant and said the buds were just forming.  At the 'reveal' the first shot was of the rose in full flower.  That poor couple, having to walk around with their eyes closed for all those weeks so that the garden would be a surprise when Charlie showed it them!!

Clematis that doesn't want to flower

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:10

I've had problems with birds pecking the buds of clematis.  I resorted to netting them over to stop it although that clearly won't be practical for one growing through a tree.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:08

If people think back to the EU referendum topic, it descended at times to personal insults being thrown in along with intolerance of those whose viewpoint differed from a few vociferous members (on both sides).

Why would anybody be surprised that a topic which is probably even more polarising being removed quickly?


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 14:29

Maybe after the last political thread those responsible for running the forum just don't want the hassle.  Can't say I blame them.

Is the GARDENA irrigation computer EasyControl reliable?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 14:28

I had a Gardena system a few years ago and it worked fine.  As obelixx says, set it up and check it over a couple of days before leaving it just to ensure there are no leaks and it is working as required.

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